The Rex Club Red Kites won the Newcastle Falcons Sevens at the weekend.
The Scottish invitational side traveled south confident that they could continue to build on their dominate performances this season that have seen the team reach the final of the St. Andrews Performance Sevens, become the first invitational team to win the Penicuik Sevens, retain their Musselburgh Sevens title and have a very good cup run at the Amsterdam Sevens.
Coach Andrew Bell, always looking to build on the teams ethos of providing the best young rugby players the opportunity to play sevens, selected five debutantes for the tournament.
Jake Eaglesham was selected as Captain as the team build towards their final tournament of the season.
The team quickly made an impression at a very wet Newcastle Falcons Sevens winning 45-0 in their opening game. Tries came from Glen Faulds (2), Robbie Kent, Hugh Lindsay and Ross Cowan.
In the team’s second game the free scoring rugby continued. Tries from Stuart Kirby, Eaglesham, Cowan (2), Cammy Gray and Craig Robertson saw them run out 42-0 winners.
This meant that it was an all or nothing final group game as only the top team in each pool would progress to the semi-final. If there was any pressure on the team it certainly did not translate to their performances.
Tries from Cowan, Kent (3), Jack Patterson, Jamie Winks and Robertson saw the team secure a 50-0 win.
In the semi-final the team went 5-0 down. However, they then scored 45 unanswered points to win 45-5. Tries from Winks (3), Faulds, Eaglesham, and Cowan (2) saw the team reach the Cup final.
In the final the team went down 5-0 again before tries from Faulds (2) , Kent, Cowan, Lindsay and Kirby saw the team win 38-5.
Throughout the tournament the team scored an impressive 220 points, averaging 44 points per game, while only conceding 10 points.
Winks epitomised the team’s performance in both attack and defence and was announced as the Player of the Tournament.
Jake Eaglesham (Captain), Jamie Winks, Staurt Kirby, Josh Wladin, Craig Robertson, Hugh Lindsay, Nick Stephen, Robbie Kent, Glen Faulds, Cammy Gray, Ross Cowan, Jack Patterson.
Coach: Andrew Bell, Manager: David Finlay.
Sevens and the City
The teams focus is now our their next tournament which is the Sevens and the City, with is held at Allianz Park, with their final 12-man squad being announce later in the week.
This entry was kindly donated by Bruce Aitchison from Happiness is Egg Shaped and Cahonas Scotland. The tournament is on June 30 to July 2.
This is a very late tournament for the team and, as such, their 2017 playing budget unfortunately does not cover all of the other costs involved with getting the team to London.
This means if they are to compete at this fantastic tournament they need to raise some additional funds. They have therefore put together a number of tournament sponsorship packages that include a donation to Cahonas Scotland. There is also the possibility to give a private donation where the money will be split between the team and Cahonas Scotland.
To find out more about this opportunity and existing sponsors of the Red Kites, visit www.theredkites.co.uk
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